Good. Better. Best.

I didn’t realize today how many more stressors have impacted me within the past two weeks since the start of the CrossFit Open. especially since I’ve taken many measures in my life to reduce stressors and practice good self-care and recovery…

but I’m human.

and I’m not invincible.


Today I’m going to start a practice that helps me evaluate my key performances as an attempt to do so–void of emotion.

It’s going to be difficult, but it’ll help me.

I’ve always been a person naturally driven by emotion, but I’m learning more and more that there are times where this is applicable (e.g., working with people, showing compassion/empathy, growing relationships, pursuing a passion) and times where I need to remove myself from these emotions (e.g., evaluating a performance, analyzing data, making major decisions).

The method is called “Good, Better, Best” – I read about this practice in the book called The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive.  It’s an objective way to debrief your work:  “1) What did I do that was good?  2) What can I do better?  3) How can I change so I can perform at my best?”  It’s not a new-age practice–we’ve probably done this many times in our lives.  My challenge is keeping it objective.


With that, here’s a personal debrief of my most recent Open workout: 18.2 & 18.2a (second attempt, after self-reflection and analysis of first performance)

18.2: On a 12 minute clock, For time:
1-10 of each movement:
Dumbbell Squats (35# each hand)
Bar-facing burpees

Good:

  • Saved time on transitions by not hesitating to pick up dumbbells after each round of burpees
  • Paced the beginning of the workout better; did not start too fast & burn out in round 7
  • Took RISK to reach “red line” level, despite the pain building up
  • Improved overall time by 35 seconds

Better:

  • Improve “snappiness” of burpees off the ground for efficiency
  • Improve burpee jump when tired–make every rep the same–no questionable reps

Best:

  • Continue to surround self with positive energy and people–start with self.
  • FINISH every rep of every workout strong, and not sloppy.  This could be the difference in several seconds.  This needs to change in training.


18.2a: In remainder of 12 minutes, find 1 rep max clean

Good:

  • Utilized squat clean from the start, rather than switching mid-way through attempts (from power to squat)
  • Executed 90% of 1 rep max after sprint workout WITHOUT dead stopping at the bottom of the squat

Better:

  • Be more conservative with lift jumps in the future, over 90%
  • Be prepared to ADAPT to the failed lifts and continue to attempt, at more conservative jumps
  • FINISH hip extension in clean, and get out of the bottom of the squat quickly on every clean; utilize “bounce” if needed

Best:

  • Come up with a game plan that is a back up to the game plan when things don’t go according to planned
  • Place focus on building squat strength in the off-season
  • Choose 1 technical aspect of the lift to focus on in each training session–overloading focal points may rush the process and prolong technical improvements

 


Looking forward to 18.3 and hoping for some gymnastics for us featherweight athletes!  You can expect a post regarding my good-better-best from this next one too.

How’d you do?

It’s Open Season!: What’s different this year..

No, I don’t hunt.  The CrossFit Open is summed up with this infographic:

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Basically the reason why I “do” CrossFit all year long is for the sole purpose of competing in the 5-week “Open” competition season.

It wasn’t always like this; I used to just do the Open for fun, and for the mere fact that everyone else in my box did it too; it was just a norm.  After the first year, I got a feel for my competitive side again, and I started to take it more seriously… almost TOO seriously.  I placed lots of pressure on myself–really confident about what I was good at, really scared of what I wasn’t… and it was a pretty immature mindset towards CrossFit as a sport.

Though I’m not veteran, I’d have to say this year is much different than others.  I’ve evolved both physically, and simultaneously, I’ve invested lots of time and practice in also developing my mental and emotional intelligence regarding training and competition.

I know where I stand in terms of my strengths and weaknesses; I’m far from the “outcome” goal I’d love to achieve one day a few years from now… however, I’ve never felt more prepared.  So like… if I were thrown into the Hunger Games tomorrow, would I win?  Eh… but at least I’d be more fit than ever to do the damn best I can to make sure I thrive for as long as my body and mind allow me to!

Here are a few highlights of what’s different for me going in to the Open this year:

  • General Physical Preparedness is… mostly prepared!
  • Nutrition has been dialed in with over 90% compliance for months now
  • Not “afraid” of certain movements or lifts
  • Not “cautious” to “overeat” (eating so much that it’s literally a job! #payher)
  • More positive, self-affirmations – yes, sometimes even OUT LOUD (when no one’s around)
  • Reading a lot of mindset/ achievement literature lately
  • Sleep has been a consistent 8 hours 90+% of the time and my body is noticing its effect (lower body fat retention, better recovery, sharper mind & focus)
  • I’m actually excited and not as nervous (I say this now, and tomorrow the butterflies will be sure to show up) for an Open season and all its got to challenge me with
  • I won’t be having a beer after my workout — too many other nutrient-dense calories I’ll have to have
  • I will likely be re-doing the workouts on Mondays. *cue the positive self-affirmations*
  • This year’s placing will tell me a lot about the next 1-2 years

Hopping off now because I’m so wired and need to disconnect, chill out and sleep goood.  After eating some more, though.

Keep you all posted…